One of the most recognizable poses in yoga is Mountain Pose. This pose may appear to be simply standing , but there is so much more work going on in the pose.
The Sanskrit name for Mountain is Tadasana. Tada means mountain and Asana means pose. I believe that Mountain is one of the most important poses in yoga because it is important to learn how to stand on your own two feet in peace and breath.
( Did you know there is a chair yoga version of Mountain? This pose is so important that every yogi can access it!)
Many yoga instructors believe that mountain is a great pose because it ( and you have hear this before in classes) is grounding, creates stability, and you connect with the earth.
What if it was more?
A few of the physical benefits are improvement of posture, spine alignment and attention, strengthening of the abdominals, legs and buttocks, improves balance a ( and belief of balance) and may help relieve the symptoms of sciatica, flat feet and plantar fasciaitis.
The qualities that are within to be gained consistency, harmony, endurance and insurmountability.
We love mountains because they have long been seen as a place where the sacred is found. While mountains are well grounded to the center of the earth, the power of the mountain is the lightness and airiness of the top. Many have climbed mountains to “find themselves” or a spiritual path, a place of Divine Inspiration.
To move deeper into the meaning of Mountain, we are to also be rising to the Divine. Other benefits of Tadasana that are not often taught are the spiritual aspects; easy breath, opening of the chest and standing lightly. We allow ourselves to become absorbed into the pose, we allow our every cell to be focused into the breath and rising higher than ourselves.
Moving from the grounded ego and into being closer to God.
The essence of yoga is to align our consciousness with God’s consciousness.
An affirmation written by Swami Kriyananda is “ I stand ready to obey Thy command”. The standing is not as a soldier to attention, but a loving student to the lessons of the Master. I stand ready to move into the service that God would have me do. Another way to speak to this affirmation is “I stand ready to follow the inner voice of wisdom”.
Many times in yoga classes , we will shy away from talking about the spiritual aspects of yoga for fear of offending a student. Yet when students move into the poses , they often talk about a feeling of peace that comes over them. That feeling is called being at one with God. This is where the practice of yoga differentiates from the “ yoga classes” that are often taught and are represented in the media.
Allow yourself the joy of Mountain, allow your time to calm the mind and reach higher than you believe you can. Know that there is a wonderful place of peace, happiness and Divine inspiration waiting for you.
First, we begin in Mountain
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